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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 15, 2011 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the most unoriginal original band in the world

Which Chuck Berry and Beatles covers do you think were a superior interpretation to the original?

I think they did the covers because they had eclectic tastes in music and enjoyed playing old tunes that were influential to them. They just had a lot more influences than most. Somewhere on this site is a radio show from right after the first album was released and Phil and Jerry are spinning their favorite music while talking with a DJ. Check out some of the stuff they brought to the studio that day.

here is the link to the show:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd67-04-xx.prefm.vernon.9261.sbeok.shnf

I for one am glad they covered all these types of music. After hearing these songs I would become curious what the originals sounded like to see what was influencing the band. This has opened me up to all kinds of old and interesting music. Much which can be found here at the IA.

This post was modified by elbow1126 on 2011-07-15 17:25:22

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jul 15, 2011 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the most unoriginal original band in the world

I'm digging the Charles Lloyd Quartet piece here. Always a fan of Mister Mingus, but had not heard this Charles Lloyd before. Great stuff.

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jul 15, 2011 2:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the most unoriginal original band in the world

You guys might think I'm nuts but most Dylan songs were better just taking Dylans voice out of the equation. Around
andAround I heard a version that blew me away and it was the
only time I heard them do ever ,it was a set 1 closer in Oakland.There are more tunes that I think are better and that's just a matter of opinion. Hank Williams vs The Dead I think the Dead get the edge. Me, as you guys might know I'm really not into set list whats a cover only how it comes across to me. It might be selfih but if I pay for a gig I would rather be entertained than bummed out or even worse leave.As for not knowing some of the writers I do not think many people if asked who Jesse Fuller,Ma Rainy,Cliff Carlisle,or Slim Harpo are so yeah my argument does have merit.....lw

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 15, 2011 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the most unoriginal original band in the world

Here is a thread i started about 3 years ago on covers and the dead. I do think they took ownership of many of the songs they covered and I agree that Jerry's voice was an outstanding vehicle for Dylan's words. However in many cases you aren't comparing apples to apples as you opinion maybe biased by the fact that you might favor live music (since you are a dead fan, i'll assume this to be the case). Did you ever hear Hank Williams play live? This is why in this thread i threw out reggae covers. As for Chuck Berry, i like the covers but i do think they are covers not really interesting interpretations of the songs. Thats okay but I just don't see them as better than the originals. I think the covers that impress me the most are the traditional songs. Jack-a-Roe, Peggy-O, Rider etc. Songs that might have disappeared if the Dead did not take ownership (yeah, yeah, i know other bands also did Peggy-O, but not as good as this band!).

http://www.archive.org/post/205393/the-cover-band-dead-related


This post was modified by elbow1126 on 2011-07-15 23:01:46